07/23/22 – Astros @Mariners

Autos – Chris Flexen, Chas McCormick, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve
Final Score – Astros 3, Mariners 1


I got there on time for the general gate openings 90 minutes before first pitch. So of course they opened all the gates two hours early instead. Sometimes they do that when a big crowd is expected (over 41,000 tickets sold for today).

Autos were slow on the M’s side. Usually for day games there’s no BP but you’ll see pitchers and catchers, and such was the case today. I missed on several, including Luis Torrens, Diego Castillo, Ryan Borucki, and Paul Sewald. However, Chris Flexen did sign my team ball. Thanks man!

On the Astros side, I missed on Framber Valdez and Jose Urquidy, but closer to the game thibgs got much better. 🙂 I brought a jersey card for Chas McCormick. I found a new use for those cards with huge one color jersey swatches — get ‘em signed! Why didn’t I think of that before??? Anyhow, Chas was kind enough to sign my card in the jersey at the corner of the dugout, and a bunch of stuff for other fans. Thank you Chas! I was pretty stoked, this was actually my main auto goal for today.

It got better… during warmups, a little further down the line, Alex Bregman talked to some kid for around a minute, but he also pointed to the boy next to me at the next spot in. Sure enough, Bregman came over. I held the net open for the boy, and also stuck out my pen and marker. He signed for both of us! Thank you Alex!

It got even better… in the next spot over this guy had a Venezuelan flag and Altuve jersey, and yes he signed it. He signed a few more. I made it over, held out my hat and marker, and he signed it beautifully! Thank you Jose! I’m cool with him again lol. Wonder if I’ll wear that hat now or what.

Speaking of wearing it or what, I finally picked up my custom replica Sunday Julio jersey. Those guys worked their magic! Yeah there’s still one small spot that has errant Sharpie on it, most of the Sharpie streak, but the first 4 is now as good as the second 4, and overall the jersey is awesome! I asked Paul how to take care of it, and he basically said don’t get it dirty and don’t wash it. :). If you have to wash it, do it inside out. I was too scared to wear it out of the store lol. It’s in a nice shopping bag for now. I’m still deciding what to do. I have a white one that is signed nicely (but has some skippage), and a cream one that is personalized and signed meticulously (but the yellow paint mixed with the blue number and turned into a harder to read green). I’ll probably just wear my other M’s jerseys and then see if I can get this new one signed, I don’t know yet, but the “new” custom jersey is awesome! Thank you jersey guys!

The Game

As would be expected, it was a pitchers’ duel between Logan Gilbert and the great Justin Verlander. (A couple of my buddies got JV and Jordan Alvarez autos on baseballs last night. I was jealous at first but now I’m just happy for them. Insane!!!). Gilbert had a rough top of the 4th and the ‘Stros put up 2 runs.

In the bottom of the 7th, while I was in a long line for a soda, Carlos Santana homered to right. Excitement built as the M’s got Eugenio Suarez to third and Adam Frazier to second, but Cal Raleigh and Sam Haggerty both struck out. Justin Verlander double pumped his fists as he went to the dugout with a 2-1 lead. In the top of the 8th, Jose Altuve singled and later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 3-1. That was the final score.

Final Score – Houston 3, Seattle 1

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